Wright was one of the first suburbs to bring high-density living to the Molonglo Valley, a large-scale development project that will eventually connect Weston Creek to Belconnen.
Thinking about visiting or moving to Wright? Here’s what you need to know.
Background and history
Wright was the first suburb to be built in the Molongo Valley, with a total of 13 suburbs planned for development in the area. Established in 2010, it is one of Canberra’s newest suburbs. Wright has been popular with first home buyers and young families.
Wright is named after Judith Wright, who’s a poet, environmentalist and Aboriginal land rights advocate. In a similar vein, the streets of Wright are named after environmentalists and poets.
Wright is bordered by Denman Prospect, Coombs, Duffy and Holder in Weston Creek.
There are no local shops in Wright, but Denman Village is only a five-minute drive up the road. Denman Village has nine speciality stores including an IGA, Local Liquor, Capital Chemist and Club Lime.
A five0minute drive in the opposite direction will take you to Cooleman Court Shopping Centre, which has a Woolworths, Aldi, Target Country, chemist and various other speciality stores and eateries.
Places of interest and things to do
The Molonglo Valley is a thriving family area, with a focus on enjoying the stunning natural surrounds.
- Explore the Molonglo River. The Molonglo River runs past the east of Wright. It’s a great place to explore and it’s right on your doorstep.
- Cycle at Stromlo Forest Park. Stromlo Forest Mark is a world class sporting facility with mountain bike trails, running tracks, equestrian trails and more.
- Head down to the Cotter Reserve for a picnic. Wright residents can reach the Cotter Reserve in less than 15 minutes – one of Canberra’s best places to enjoy a BBQ, a picnic and a swim in the river.
There are no schools in Wright, although there are several nearby options.
- Charles Weston School in Coombs is one of Canberra’s newest public schools, opening in 2016. It caters for students from preschool to Year 6 and is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- St Jude’s Primary School and Early Learning Centre in Holder is a Catholic school for students from preschool to Year 6
- Mount Stromlo High School is a public secondary school in Waramanga for students in Year 7 to Year 10
- Median age: 30 years
- Median weekly household income: $2323
- Median weekly rent: $400
- Houses vs. apartments: 34.3% houses; 49.6% apartments and 16.1% townhouses
- Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1.44 million in 2017.
Source: 2016 Census.
Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Wright? What are your favourite things about the suburb? What advice would you give to people considering moving there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.